A rare 18th century English lead vase

A rare 18th century English lead vase


A rare 18th century English lead vase with a zinc lining, probably designed as a vessel for wine and situated in an orangery or folly. 

 The main body of the vase below a continuous shell motif is decorated with base reliefs depicting scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses –‘The Abduction of Persephone’ by Hades God of the Underworld, observed by the nymph Cyane, and ‘Diane and Actaeon’, a  huntsman who disturbs the Goddess Diana and her nymphs whilst bathing – he is later turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds. The upper and lower sections decorated with lush acanthus and surmounted by a lid in the form of an open mouthed mythical sea lion. The whole supported on a waisted socle round which is coiled a snake with its head acting as the spout controlled by a lead tap.

 Ovid (43BC – AD 17) – a roman poet who lived at the time of the Emperor Augustus and whose most famous work Metamorphosis  - a collection of stories- has been depicted over the centuries in numerous works of sculpture, painting, and music. The two scenes depicted on the current vase were among the best known and would have been available to the sculptor mainly through engravings which he has cleverly adapted to suit its circular form.


HEIGHT:  36 INS ( 91.6 CMS)

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